Last Wednesday's Los Angeles Times Business section featured this article on how people are turning to the library to save money in these difficult times.
Here at PVLD we also been incredibly busy, but it wasn't until I reviewed our November statistics that I appreciated just how busy it's been.
Compared to November of 2007 our circulation of materials for adults went up 11% (the circulation of Young Readers items was only up 1.2%, but I think that is because there was less room for growth); our door count across the 3 libraries was up 17%; and the number of unique visitors to our "virtual branch" at www.pvld.org increased by 8% while the total number of visits to the website grew by an incredible 34%.
And all of this happened while we had even more than our usual array of programs and events. Whew! No wonder the staff is looking a bit weary!